New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said a recent rash of anti-Semitic acts in the United States is "reprehensible" and his state won't tolerate them.
Cuomo left Saturday and will return from Israel Monday.
Governor Cuomo toured Holocaust museum Yad Vashem with Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of the Libraries. Both those efforts factored in to the presidential buzz.
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Its aim is to reinforce the historic relationship between NY and Israel and is part of the state's effort to combat anti-Semitism. Cuomo arrived early Sunday morning, on a 24-hour trip that was only announced on Wednesday, and which his office called an "economic development and unity trip" In addition to going to Yad Vashem, he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, as well as with business leaders.
Cuomo is doing a whirlwind tour of Israel, his second visit there since becoming governor, and he vowed to fight the wave of hate crimes in NY and in the nation. Following the briefing, the Governor and Minister held a media availability.
He also plans to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried - and the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. I have been here before.
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" The second objective of this trip is 'Hineini, ' I am here, I have been here before, and I will be here again", he added. Our relationship is enduring.
"The relationship between the Jewish community and the state of NY is built on mutual support and respect", Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in remarks before a tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial. It is built on love, and that will not change.
"We must live by the rules that an abuse to one, an affront to one, is an affront to all, and that large fires start as small fires, and we will have zero tolerance for any abuse or discrimination of any fellow human being".
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The visit comes amid a series of anti-Semitic incidents in NY.